Districts confirm they're moving ahead with Common Core

October 25, 2013

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Three-quarters of school districts in California report having a professional development plan to prepare teachers and administrators for the Common Core standards. And three out of four districts also said they’d have lessons in math and English on all of the Common Core standards in every grade in place a year from now.

But as of the start of this school year, only one in five districts said teams of teachers actually had done lesson planning in Common Core in every grade.

Most districts plan to explain the differences in Common Core assessments to parents and students but not to the news media or business leaders. Source: CCSESA survey of districts, 2013.

These are some of the results of a survey of 809 school districts – 80 percent of the state’s districts – by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association and the Sacramento County Office of Education. The county offices surveyed districts by phone this month and last.*

However, there are also signs for worry that districts will be fully ready by 2015:

The survey provides additional insights into district policies on Common Core:

The county superintendents association will present the findings to the State Board of Education at its meeting on Nov. 6 and 7.

* The survey was prepared for the Consortium for the Implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Its members include the state State Board of Education, the state Department of Education, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, California Teachers Association, Association of California School Administrators, California School Boards Association, California State PTA, Californians Together and California Charter Schools Association.



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